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The ambitious Bangladeshi project at "Cox's Bazar airport"

Not only the runway lengthening in the future designed by the Bangladeshi government

It will also welcome the A-380s

With the virtual laying of the first stone by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, the second phase of the extension of the runway at Cox's Bazar airport takes place, which once the work is completed will give an international connotation to the airport of the Bangladeshi tourist resort. located 300 km south-east of the capital Dhaka. The strip of asphalt, which had already been refurbished in 2012, when it was raised from 6790 feet to 9,000 feet in length, will be extended to 12,000 feet. Inspired by the Hong Kong International Airport, the Bangladeshi Government has embarked on the ambitious expansion effort -reclaiming the land from the sea- in an effort to attract tourists to the seaside city. But building such a runway on the sea is not only expensive, it requires uncommon skills. For this reason, after a tender for the works that will lead to the construction of the longest runway in Bangladesh, the government has selected a joint-venture between China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and Changjiang Yichang Waterway Engineering Bureau.

Cox's Bazar, the Prime Minister Hasina said it, has the potential to become a major global hub, as it is considered a suitable place as a technical stopover for planes travelling from east to west and vice-versa. The Prime Minister did not even fail to underline during the virtual ceremony (via video link from his residence in the capital), that the local government's intention is to transform Bangladesh into a global nerve center for communications, hence the intention of develop its infrastructures.

The Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali also spoke via web and informed that the Cox's Bazar project will be completed in 2024; once the works have been completed, the 3261 meters of runway will also allow the landing of super-jumbo wide-body aircraft such as the A-380s of Airbus.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency